Midwest IT & Security Leaders Agenda

Sunday, September 20

Meet the SINC team, receive all your registration collateral and receive a demonstration on how to best utilize the Forum mobile application during your attendance.

Take advantage of early networking opportunities with the aid of a cocktail reception and executive dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to break the ice with your fellow attendees and get conversations started in preparation for the main event.

Monday, September 21

Fuel-up and prepare for a day packed full of content and conversations.

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, kicks things off and sets the tone for the day with insight in to the various sessions taking place and how to take full advantage of your participation.

Leaders driving transformation programs today are investing in customer experience, automation, agile practices, DevOps, and analytics to ensure competitiveness as industries transform. These are the table stakes for IT leaders, and they must drive smarter, faster, and innovative transformation programs to drive growth and profitability. Success will require IT leaders to empower their organizations with self service technologies, succeed with change management programs, and enable differentiating capabilities with a combination of artificial intelligence and IoT.

How are IT leaders must steer their transformation programs to succeed digital’s second wave?

To meet the speed and agility demands of digital business, CIOs are transforming their IT departments and shifting a growing share of IT work from projects to products. At the same time, growth in business-led IT has expanded the span of employees across the enterprise who are responsible for technology initiatives. 

This session will explore a cost management model and discuss how evolving IT cost management efforts to focus on value over pure cost will reduce (and even eliminate) reactive calls to cut IT costs. This session will provide a model and tactics to elevate the maturity of IT to focus on value over costs, while still meeting the business directives.

As data storage grows at rapid and unpredictable rates, enterprises need tools that can help plan for this growth. Dependency on data is increasing, but the threat and risk of data loss is growing in both variety and volume. Regardless of the size or data storage requirements of your organization, whether on prem, in the cloud or a hybrid of both, this session will explore options for specific enterprise needs and the solutions to match.

Is deception technology only for mature security operations or is it an effective cyber security solution to help companies mature their capabilities? Organizations continue to build their security stacks, yet advanced threats and insiders continue to breach networks and extract valuable data. Learn how deploying decoys throughout your environment can build the bridge strengthening all the levels in your security stack. Join us for this session where you’ll hear about real-world deployment experiences, the value customers are realizing, and what Red Teams are saying about deception-based threat detection.

From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. There are question marks over the sufficiency of legacy approaches to cyber security, which rely on knowledge of past attacks, to combat new, evolving attacks. A new approach to cyber defense is being deployed to detect and respond to these threats before they turn into a full- blown crisis.

In this session, we will discuss why autonomous response and machine learning is being seen as the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cyber security can provide complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.

According to Gartner, the RPA market grew over 63% last year, making it the fastest growing enterprise software category. The beauty of RPA is that it enables customers to bring a level of automation to legacy processes without having to rip and replace legacy systems. But when, where and how should it be applied to ensure effective use?

As the importance of a robust security infrastructure continues to grow, many organizations are struggling, stuck in a notion that security hinders innovation. However, many would argue this is not the case and an effective cybersecurity platform can in fact accelerate innovation.

In this session, we will discuss how to utilize cybersecurity technologies and strategies to provide a bedrock of innovation across products and processes.

It’s clear that while 5G presents a wealth of opportunity for innovation, but it will not be without its challenges. During this session we will explore the endless opportunities 5G can provide while covering the key steps to ensure you make the most out of this revolutionary change in the industry.

In the debate over an all-in-one cyber security platform versus best of breed solutions, the overwhelming majority lean towards best of breed in order to leverage the most impactful technology. However, does true best of breed exist?

This session will look to explore this debate and how to implement a best of breed strategy when tech doesn’t necessarily integrate with other tech.

Organizations can no longer afford to make decisions without leveraging data driven insights derived from their enterprise systems and other data sources. Entire industries are transforming and innovating at unprecedented speeds, requiring businesses of all sizes to take actions and make smarter and faster decisions.

This session will focus on how to make smarter decisions and drive innovation through DataOps practices and what companies risk by not following this journey.

Organizations are challenged to strike a balance between security teams who want a Zero Trust approach and employees who desire seamless Zero Touch access. Bridging that gap is Artificial Intelligence and a Zero Trust Architecture. This session will discuss how adaptive security and artificial intelligence protects all endpoints through contextual and continuous authentication.

In the modern era of business, disruption is everywhere, coming from new and old competitors. This disruption is causing every company to seek ways to innovate more quickly and create new customer experiences, business models, and applications. One obstacle to achieving innovation gains is the large amounts of data that needs to be moved across the enterprise and securely delivered to development, testing, and analytics teams. Whether moving data to a cloud, hybrid, or on-premise environment, enterprises must ensure that all sensitive and personal data is protected. Using real-world examples, we will explore the best practices leading companies are using to accelerate innovation and secure data by leveraging modern data strategies and technologies.

Today, the primary CEO priority is growth, with technology as a key enabler. However, vendor policies pose major roadblocks to innovation, growth and competitive advantage by forcing you to spend limited budget, resources and time on projects that may not drive your business. ​Learn how you can take control of your IT roadmap by choosing a Business-Driven Roadmap designed around your business objectives and not the vendor’s. Leverage vendor software, but do it on your terms, on your timetable and with the flexibility, funding and freedom to focus on initiatives that support growth and competitive advantage.

As businesses and organizations embrace their own digital transformation (DX) journey, change management becomes a critical success factor. However, success heavily depends on the people using the technology. Change management goes beyond acquiring an executive sponsor or providing staff training, it is about changing the mindset of the employees, impacts to their daily routine and how to operationalize it. The promise of rapid deployment and time to value hinge on having a strong change management program in place. How do we can change adopted across all levels of the company?

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, concludes the day by providing an overview of some of the key discussion points raised during a day packed full of content. 

After a day packed with content, the Evening Reception provides attendees with the ability to down tools, cement relationships built during the day and enjoy a first-class meal.

Tuesday, September 22

Fuel-up and prepare for a day packed full of content and conversations.

AI experimentation and implementation across the public and private sector is increasing exponentially, with the healthcare industry is leading the way. It is powering the next generation of healthcare in unimaginable ways. Contrary to belief, much of this can be translated in to other industries. So what can IT and Security leaders learn from AI innovation within healthcare?

Whether your data is multi-cloud, hybrid, or on-premises, hybrid data integration has become a necessity to effectively integrate all of your data and applications, in batch or real time. This session will explore how to integrate data and applications in minutes and support new and complex integration patterns easily. Learn how to achieve high performance, reliability, and streamline near-universal connectivity for mission-critical business processes.

For businesses across the globe, unified and cloud communications have become a vital part of the everyday – even more so since the outbreak the Covid-19 pandemic . This session
will explore the how to implement an effective UC strategy and the benefits organizations will see by incorporating it in to your long-term digital transformation journey.

Delivering endpoint security in an increasingly mobile environment comes with some major challenges. Growing businesses need to take a new approach to ensure they stay protected, to look after remote users and to do all these things while keeping costs down and reducing the administration overhead. This session will explore models which add new levels of reassurance to IT security by allowing companies of all sizes to gain access to the best equipment and most talented security experts.

Data is one of the most important assets a company has. With the rise of the data economy, companies find enormous value in collecting, sharing and using data. The introduction of GDPR in Europe has caused ripple effects around the world. In the U.S., states are beginning to implement their own regulations which will have major implications on storage, ownership and use of internal and customer data. Be prepared or face the consequences.

Blockchain has emerged as a foundational technology, but there is still groundwork to be done on standards development and the governance of change — and doing that work is critical to enterprise strategy.

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market. But for some, this process still poses a magnitude of challenges, beginning with “How?” and “Why?”

In this session, we will focus on how a business can adapt to the change. What challenges must be overcome and why is this important?

Technology and operations have never been closer. As technology continues to drive the business and organizations of all sizes become ‘technology first’, the CIO has found a natural evolution into the world of operations. But how far does this journey go? Will the CIOs of today be the CEOs of tomorrow?

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, concludes the Forum by providing an overview of some of the key discussion points raised during an event packed full of content and conversations.